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April 27, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Foot chase ends with arrest

WINTERSVILLE - A village resident has been charged with obstruction and criminal trespass after leading police on a foot chase near Indian Creek High School, Chief Ed Laman said.

Laman said Casey R. Gill, 32, 105 Americana Circle, also was served with a bench warrant for non-payment of fees. He is being held in the Jefferson County Justice Center.

"We got a call that someone was hanging around Big Lots," the chief said. "We went to check it out, and (Gill) was walking toward the school. He saw our cruiser and bolted. One of our officers chased him on foot."

Laman said Gill was apprehended in Orchard Place.

"One of our canine (units) found him hiding in a shed," the chief said. "It turned out we had a warrant for him to begin with, a bench warrant."

Ohio Highway Patrol and Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies assisted, he said.

Woman victim of scam artist

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County sheriff's deputies say a Dillonvale woman was scammed out of $2,000 by a man who told her she'd won $355,000 in a contest.

According to reports, the man initially told the woman he needed $500 to put a stamp on her winnings. After receiving the $500, the man allegedly told her he needed $1,500 more.

Sheriff's deputies are investigating.

Homicide suspect to appear in court

WELLSBURG - The Burgettstown, Pa. man indicted for the shooting death of Jason Lee Pratz of McKinleyville is slated to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Brooke County Circuit Court.

Until then, Rocco Zuccaro, 28, of Burgettstown, is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond approved by Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson.

The hearing follows his extradition from Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested at his home on April 17.

Zuccaro was indicted for murder in a special grand jury session held Tuesday.

Pratz, a 30-year-old former employee of Weirton Medical Center and volunteer with the Brooke Hills Park spookhouse, was found dead in his home on Genteel Ridge on Feb. 19.

County engineer sets work schedule

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching - Mount Pleasant-Adena Road (county Road 6); county Road 7G (Pottery Addition connector); Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43); and Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Road closings will be announced.

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